Ghana coach, Milovan Rajevac has explained why he named Kudus Mohammed in Black Stars final 28-man squad for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations [AFCON].
The 21-year-old has been out of action after picking up a rib injury during Ghana’s final Group G 2022 Fifa World Cup qualifiers against South Africa at the Cape Coast Stadium in November 2021.
However, the Ajax midfielder has been named in Black Stars final 28-man squad for the tournament.
Kudus is currently with his club teammates in Portugal for their winter break camp. The promising forward is however also expected to join Ghana camp by the close of the week.
Ajax coach Erik Ten Hag explained last month that the AFCON will be too soon for the Ghanaian because he lacks match fitness.
Rajevac, who was re-appointed as Ghana coach last September, explained why he’s still trusting the youngster, who isn’t fully fit yet.
“For this competition, we can register more than 23 players and we can go up to 28. We all know the quality of Mohammed Kudus and he is definitely the future of Ghanaian football and African football. He plays for a strong team in Europe for Ajax. So we know how much he can contribute to the team and we are ready to wait for him.
“At some stage in the tournament when we feel he is fit, he can step in and help the team because he has the quality.
“It is a big competition so we will monitor the situation about his injury and training, and we will see when he is fit. He is always competitive and motivated to play for the Black Stars so it is important to have him around,” he added.
The Black Stars are currently in Doha for their preparations for the 33rd edition of the tournament in Cameroon.
Ghana who are housed in Group C alongside Comoros, Gabon and Morocco will fly to Yaounde on January 7.
Source: Modern Ghana